RailRiders Rally to Beat Toledo
TOLEDO, OH - The Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders rallied late, winning a game in which they trailed after six innings for just the second time this season, knocking off the Toledo Mud Hens 4-3 Saturday evening at Fifth Third Field.
The RailRiders trailed 3-2 entering the 7th inning, and were 1-15 to this point in the season when trailing that late. However, Cliff Pennington delivered his fifth home run of the season to tie the game in the top of the inning off southpaw Trent Szkutnik. The switch-hitting Pennington stood on the right side of the plate and delivered a homer to left-centerfield which was his fifth of the year, but just his first as a righty.
From there, the RailRiders got a run in the top of the 8th inning after Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a single to right-field. It extended his hitting streak to 10 games in which he has batted .424 (14-for-33) with a .537 on-base percentage. After a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Wade advanced Higashioka, a strikeout kept the catcher in scoring position with two outs. Brad Miller strode to the plate and delivered a line-drive single to right field to plate Higashioka after an errant throw to the plate from Daz Cameron. It gave the RailRiders their first lead since it was 2-1 in the top of the 4th inning.
The bullpen in back of Brody Koerner was strong after the starter went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on 90 pitches in his first full-fledged start of the season in Triple-A. Stephen Tarpley took over to begin the 7th inning and didn't allow a run, before being lifted with David Sosebee after 2.2 innings - one out from victory. The right-hander induced a flyout from Pete Kozma to medium-depth centerfield to end the game, despite the excited and hopeful cheers from the 7,367 fans in attendance.
The RailRiders wrap up their seven-game, six-day roadtrip Sunday at Fifth Third Field. They take on the Mud Hens looking to take three-of-four from Toledo as they send LHP Daniel Camarena (0-1, 5.02) to the mound against LHP Ryan Carpenter (1-4, 4.09). Pregame coverage with Adam Marco and Adam Giardino begins at 12:35 p.m. on the RailRiders Radio Network with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
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